Charges reduced for woman connected to murder

Charges reduced for woman connected to murder

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Yuma--KSWT News 13 has learned new details on the gruesome discovery of a Wellton woman's body about a week ago.

The murder charges against the woman arrested in connection to the killing were reduced.

The murder charges against Brandi Michalski were changed to hindering prosecution and tampering with physical evidence.

Prosecutors said Michalski is seen on surveillance video stashing a rifle in a trash can behind a business in downtown Yuma.

They said that rifle was used in the murder of 29-year old Christal Figueroa.

They also said Michalski continuously lied to police on the whereabouts of Jose Jimenez, the prime murder suspect.

Michalski was originally arrested Friday for misconduct with weapons after she was involved in a hit and run accident on Madison Avenue.

Investigators said evidence at the scene of the murder, evidence inside the vehicle and evidence she was in possession of, links her to the murder of Figueroa.

"She has done everything to evade, flee and lie to law enforcement not only to assist herself but to assist fellow perpetrators in this crime," state prosecutor William Katz said.

Figueroa's body was found dumped in the Orange groves just south of Yuma a week ago.

Friday afternoon in Yuma County Justice Court, prosecutors didn't object to Michalski's two million dollar bond reduced due to the new charges.

"We are asking that you reduce the bond given the new charges but to place a bond on her that will make sure that if she does get out..that she comes back to this court, a $100,00 bond will do that," Katz said.

Meanwhile, an all out man hunt is still underway for Jimenez, also known as "Rascal".

Thursday night, Yuma police attempted to locate him at a trailer on 24th street near Pacific Avenue.

According to prosecutors, he's the prime suspect in the murder of Figueroa and is also her ex-boyfriend.

Jimenez is not only wanted for questioning in Figueroa's death by Yuma police but the Yuma County Sheriff's Office has a warrant out for his arrest from an incident last month.

If you know the whereabouts of Jimenez, you're urged to call police or 78-crime.

He is considered armed and dangerous.

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